This 83-year-old gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility following hospitalization for a bilateral hemisphere stroke (affecting both sides of the brain). As a result, he developed opharyngeal dysphagia (difficulty chewing and swallowing). He was placed on a modified diet and referred to speech-language pathology services to improve swallowing ability. Prior to his stroke, this gentleman lived alone and consumed a regular diet and drank thin liquids.
Speech Therapy: (5x/week x 3 weeks)
Omnistim® FX2 Portable PENS
• Patterned Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (PENS) head and neck protocol to improve the effectiveness of swallowing exercises
Synchrony Dysphagia Solutions by ACP® Portable with OmnisEMG™ Biofeedback
• Effortful swallow exercise using Kangaroo virtual reality representation of muscle output to improve swallowing coordination and effort
• Patient education for swallowing strategies
This gentleman went home to an assisted living facility and is very happy to have recovered his swallowing capabilities and return to eating the food he loves, with no restrictions! His speech-language pathologist credits the Synchrony Dysphagia Solutions System as a “very effective tool that improved his swallow function.”